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Nigel Farage says he won't return as UKIP leader

  • FILE - This is a Sept. 17, 2016  file photo of leader of the UK Independence Party Diane James. James on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016, threw the UK Independence Party into disarray by resigning the leadership post only 18 days after she took over the role, citing personal and professional reasons and a lack of support from party members.  (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

    FILE - This is a Sept. 17, 2016 file photo of leader of the UK Independence Party Diane James. James on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016, threw the UK Independence Party into disarray by resigning the leadership post only 18 days after she took over the role, citing personal and professional reasons and a lack of support from party members. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigel Farage,  former leader of the UK Independence Party and member of the European Parliament, gives a thumbs up as he arrives to attend a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

    Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party and member of the European Parliament, gives a thumbs up as he arrives to attend a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party and member of the European Parliament, walks after a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

    Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party and member of the European Parliament, walks after a session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)  (The Associated Press)

Donald Trump's English booster, Nigel Farage, has ruled out running for a third term as leader of the UK Independence Party following the surprise resignation of his successor. Farage said Wednesday he is retired.

He spoke the morning after Diane James threw the party into disarray by resigning the leadership post only 18 days after she took over the role, citing personal and professional reasons and a lack of support from party members.

Farage had stepped down after playing a prominent role in convincing British voters to part ways with the European Union in a landmark referendum in June. He appeared with Trump at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi in August.